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    "Named for the day it was recorded, Micro-East Collective's 062099 features two works by the experimental jazz-rock group: "Lament," an original arrangement of a traditional gypsy melody featured in the film Latcho Drom, and "Exploring the Metal Sphere," a three-movement suite chronicling the discovery of a metal planet. "Landing and Engagement," the first part of the work, employs buzzes, drones, and subtle percussion to convey the taut anticipation that begins the journey, while "Data Collection and Processing," the suite's heart, builds on its droning, atmospheric essence, adding otherworldly, fluttering flutes and hints of brass to create an ethereal yet tense mood. Oboes, bassoon, and cornet join in with discordant melodies about halfway through the piece and heighten its ominous nature, as do the extended cello lines. It culminates with trumpets and saxophones working their way from atonality to a dark, moody harmony. Finally, "Abandonment, Liftoff and Escape" explodes into free jazz cacophony -- suggesting the mission wasn't entirely successful -- then reverts back to the rest of the suite's meditative nature. Though it may not be the most accessible work, 062099's interesting concept and uncompromising execution make for a strong, expressive debut album. This initial release is available as a high-quality download in stereo WAV 16-bit/44.1kHz format." - Heather Phares, ... more
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This was the first release by Micro-East Collective and was recorded at the Carrboro ArtsCenter on 20 June 1999. It was mastered by Brent Lambert at Kitchen Mastering in Carrboro, NC. It is HDCD-encoded, but this does not interfere with standard playback - it just enhances the sound on HDCD-enabled players. Total time on this release is 43:10 in four tracks.


released June 20, 1999

Aaron Oliva, double bass; Bill McConaghy, cornet; Carrie Shull, oboe; Chris Eubank, cello; Corey Sims, trumpet, alto horn, accordion; David Jordan, clarinet, toy piano, pennywhistle, quarter-tone xylophone; David Morris, tuba; Greg Decker, baritone and tenor sax; Ian Davis, drumset, percussion; Jeff Brown, tenor and soprano sax; Jennifer Hancock, keys, vibes, percussion; John Heitzenrater, bassoon (track 1 only); Mark Simonsen, vibes, percussion, keys; Marth Bausch, flute, pennywhistle; Rick Lassiter, double bass; Rich Robeson, guitar, shakuhachi; Todd Barbee, alto sax (track 2, all parts, only); Walker Martin, guitar


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Micro-East Collective

Micro-East Collective was a large (usually 20 musicians) improvising (usually working from a rule set) ensemble based in the Triangle area of North Carolina. It performed and recorded between summer 1999 and about 2004. The music focuses on timbre and timbral changes rather than on explicit rhythms, melodies and/or harmonies. ... more

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